I'm about to decide on my residency career choice (MS III)...but, here's the deal. I'm on medicine right now and after working from 8 a-11 pm w/ virtually no break I realized how much I don't want to work that hard the rest of my life. I've always wanted to do ER for this reason, it's quick and dirty, you get to see a lot, but you're not always at work (compared to other fields of medicine). I know myself, and to me, the one thing that gets me is long hours. I really like medicine for the sake of medicine, but also like having a life. So, that being said, is it possible to work in ER somewhere post residency and do, on avg, 3-4 12 hr shifts/wk? And, if so, do you have to take "work" home w/you? I would like to finish my charts/papers/etc while still at work, i want to go home w/nothing to do work-wise? I like the fast pace of ER, I like the variety, and I like the chaos. But, again, I would not like long hours (per week, not per day). Any advice...Is ER going to fit my wishes? I don't mind nights, weekends, or holidays, as long as per week or month I'm not working much overall (like 3-4 shifts/wk or 14-17 shifts/ month). Final thoughts: as a resident, do you have to see extra pts at the expense of doing charting at home just to "look good"? do different residency programs have different amounts of call based on rotations outside of ER? thanks tons for answering any of my questions!!